The Goodells got an early start, leaving Celina a few days before the rest of us, for a family get-together in Santa Fe. The Sandlers and us left later and spent Sunday night in Raton, NM, then met Goodells in Taos on Monday and headed north.
We toured through Colorado, did some tourist stuff and rode some of the most wonderful and scenic roads available in the U.S. Janie and I had seen many of the places we visited, but you just never see enough Colorado. It is so different and varied, you see something new around each corner, and there are many corners. On Monday, after meeting the Goodells, we went to Durango and spent the night there. Tuesday, it was on to Silverton; the Million Dollar Highway to Ouray. There are so many places to stop and take pics, it is hard to make serious miles, but we were running along with the planned schedule (our "planned schedule" leaves plenty of room for variables). Silverton, Colo.
Stan & Brenda just before Ouray
Janie (chief photographer)
On to Durango for our first night in Colorado. We stayed at a locally owned motel with clean, spacious rooms in the edge of Durango. Most everywhere now has WIFI and this was no exception, but the reception was very selective. The puters would not work in our room, however, if you went outside to a picnic table and sat under the biggest pine tree I have ever seen, the service was not bad. I had been having a problem with my cruise control and Stan and I could not figure out how to fix it. Gina and Ray did some research on the internet and sent me a file they found discussing the probable causes. Stan did some minor surgery and I am on the road again.
Tuesday morning we are on the road again. Today, we saw Blue Mesa and some breathtaking views of the Black Canyon. None of us had seen this before and it was a real treat. This canyon looks to be thousands of feet deep with sheer walls on both sides.
Our next planned stop is Carbondale. Janie and I had not been to Carbondale in about 35 years. This was back when I was riding English Trials and one leg of the nationals was being held in Fairplay. We stayed a couple nights at a fishing camp in Carbondale before going on to Fairplay. I practically ruined an Ossa trials bike there and did not get to ride in the nationals, but thats another story.
Bear made of nails.
Back on the road in search of Leadville and points beyond. One of the highlights of this trip for Sandlers was to visit old friends in the Steamboat area. Once upon a time, the Sandlers lived there and made some lifelong friends. We parted company at Leadville, with the Sandlers going to see friends and the rest of us headed toward Estes Park. We made a stop in Fairplay for lunch then its back on the road.
We arrived at Estes Park late afternoon on the 14th. Just in time to celebrate Brendas 29th birthday. After checking in and resting awhile, we went out to eat then back to the motel. Janie and I decided to ride up into the Rocky Mtn. National Park and familarize ourselves with which entrance would be the best for sightseeing. We got back to the motel well after dark but the cold was a very welcome change from the heat of todays ride.